• • * THE DLIESENBERG Sir.
I was, of course, delighted that the Editor found my enthusiasm for the Duesenberg infectious, and from the paragraphs which preceded my own notes On the car it would certainly appear that he is almost more enthusiastic even than I am ! This has led to the enlargement of one or two facts, which I should like to put right here :— (a) Although I have confidence in brakes and steering, I should be loth to “wind in and out of traffic,” except in emergency; we met and also overtook some traffic en route, but I should have said a mild amount for a fine Sunday. In like vein, the demonstration braking produced tyre squeal, the roads being dry, and I certainly hoped I had achieved maxitnum braking without the wheels locking, which I think was the case,
(b) I do net think the Duesenberg—or any other—” best,” since one can appreciate many differing types of car, each fine in its ovrn field, without detriment to others.
(c) The condition of the car when taken over from Sir Ralph Millais was most certainly not ” disreputable,” which would he a very unfair statement. Indeed, my own notes stated that ” we were lucky to find the car in as good shape as we did,” and the list given then of deficiencies related in the main to the frills, the only sizeable item being the exhaust system, which needed renewal. (d) The eplating of the wheels was not done by Rolls-Royce Ltd.. and I am extremely pleased to be able to add that it did not cost £300, or indeed anything like it ! In fact, I did not give any information at all as to cast of restoration, the more interesting point about it seeming to be the generous help in technical knowledge given by American friends which made restoration possible.-. Notwithstanding the above, I am glad the Editor was duly impressed with the car and am grateful for the space allotted to
make it better known. I am, Yours, etc.,
Windlesham. C. S. PHILLIPS. • • •